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England upset the odds

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Lampard nodded the only goal. (©GettyImages)
Lampard nodded the only goal. (©GettyImages).

England captain Frank Lampard scored the soiltary goal as Fabio Capello's side beat World Cup winners Spain at Wembley.

The Chelsea veteran started in midfield for England alongside Scott Parker and Phil Jones, while Darren Bent was selected upfront.

Theo Walcott and James Milner played either side of the Aston Villa striker, while Spain started with the likes of David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso and Xavi.

England, though, were able to nulify the threat of Spain's classy midfield and the first half ended without any significant blows being struck.

However, Vicente del Bosque opted to withdraw David Silva, Xavi and Iker Casillas shortly after the break, and England struck soon after.

A free-kick from Milner found Bent, who headed superbly against Pepe Reina's left-hand post before Lampard nodded into an empty net.

Although England were much improved in the second half, Spain certainly deserved at least a point out of the game on the balance of play.

Villa almost gave La Roja just that, but the Barcelona forward was denied by the woodwork, while Cesc Fabregas missed a gilt-edged chance in the closing stages.

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